Communicating Music Scenes: Networks, Power, Technology

CFP | Communicating Music Scenes: Networks, Power, Technology

Budapest, 19-20 May 2017

The conference aims to address the relation(ship)s and communication between people, formal and informal institutions, and technologies in the context of music making. Understanding and exploring music scenes as networks can help us to uncover the power relations that affect those scenes, while also leading to a nuanced understanding of the changing technological and media context in which music is produced, disseminated, consumed, and talked about.

We invite papers that address the following themes:

Music scenes and formal and informal communication infrastructures in view of the related technologies and economies
Music scenes and genres, technology and networks: Social Network Analysis, Actor Network Theory etc.
Communication in and about music scenes
Power as formal and political, as well as informal and subcultural: inclusion and exclusion
Musical diplomacy, music scenes and transnational communication
Technology, power and remembering/forgetting music scenes
(Sub)cultural and other forms of capital in music scenes
Music scenes and DIY media, online and offline
Music scenes and digital technology: change and/continuity
Underground scenes and the formal music industries: power and democracy
Music scenes and society: the reproduction and/or subversion of power structures through technology and communication infrastructures
Local – global dynamics and power: the global music industries and local infrastructures
Gender, sexuality and music scenes
Nation(ality), ethnicity and music scenes
Age and music scenes
Social class and music scenes

The conference will be held at the Institute of Musicology, Research Center for Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Táncsics Mihály u. 7., 1014 Budapest, Hungary), and is jointly organised by the Institute of Musicology, the Department of Sociology and Communications, Budapest University of Technology and Economics and IASPM Hungary.

Deadline for abstracts (250 words) with short bio (50 words): 31 January 2017

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